The Violin Man’s Legacy – a review


The Violin Man’s Legacy
by Seumas Gallacher

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Like retired footballers turning trainer, this story is about the professional soldiers, SAS and mercenaries, who retire into the security business, bringing their expertise in organised violence to the protection of legitimate businesses.

The main characters are solitary individuals, often with a personal tragedy in their baggage. This is a very shady world, where instant decisions are made about who dies and how, leaving no time for agonising over the whys and the wherefors. Morally, it’s all very easy, with few attacks of remorse afterwards. Bodies are left for the bin men to collect, and the killers of friends are tracked down remorselessly, just on the margins of legality, but with the connivance of the police.

I found myself turning the pages, hoping the characters on the ‘good’ side would not get hurt, and hoping the ‘bad’ guys would get what was coming to them. The action jets around the world, with some nice descriptions, that range from Jack’s poverty-stricken childhood in Glasgow, to the exotic brilliance of Hong Kong. The ends are all tied up in a believable way, leaving the reader with a couple of South American vignettes that stick in the mind long after the story ends. This isn’t a novel that seeks to deliver moral judgements. It’s about camaraderie and friendship. Recommended to anyone who enjoys thrillers with the emphasis on people rather than politics or espionage.

Jane Dougherty
(This review has appeared elsewhere.)

Both Seumas Gallacher and Jane Dougherty have been previously featured on Reading Recommendations.



  1. Seumas Gallacher · December 18, 2015

    Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    ..another generous review for THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, this time form Jane Dougherty… thank you, m’Lady 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. patriciaruthsusan · December 18, 2015

    Great review, Susan. Thanks for the information. 🙂 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

  3. patriciaruthsusan · December 18, 2015

    Sorry, I believe this review was from Jane Dougherty. Thanks, Jane. 🙂 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

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